If there is one thing that has come to define Holeman and Finch – and I still think it overshadows the greatness of the rest of their menu restaurant – it is the famous 10 o’clock burger. Well, Tuner field decided to step their game up this year, and Linton Hopkins brought H&F Burger to Turner Field. Actually, he brought 3 of them.
I’ve been very interested to see how the burger would translate to a fast-paced, high volume environment, but I hadn’t gotten the chance to make it down to Turner for a game this season. Given that part of the allure is the limited quantities served every night at restaurant, would it lose its luster if they are readily available? Would there be a loss of quality if they churn out hundreds in a night instead of just 24 crafted by the chefs at Holeman & Finch?
Well, I finally made it out to a game this week and H&F Burger was my first stop.
The first thing that I notice when I approach the stand is the sheer number of patties in progress. The griddle is slammed edge to edge with sizzling beef. I place my order, and $12 gets me an H&F burger and a side of fries.
From what I could tell, or at least while I was there, the burgers are cooked to order. So, after my friends and I order ours, 3 more patties squeeze onto the cooking surface and we wait. There was no line when we arrived, but by the time our burgers come up there are a good twenty people lined up behind us.
The presentation of the burger isn’t up to the same standards as the original, but given the fast-paced, assembly line style and the volume, that is easily overlooked. And come on – we are at a baseball game, so who really cares if your bun is a little squished? If you do, get over yourself.
What does matter is – how does it taste?
The good news is that the answer to that question remains “fantastic.” My burger is every bit as good as the original, but without having to stay hungry until 10 p.m. (or going to Sunday brunch.) The only real complaint that I have is with the fries. I’m not sure if it was a timing issue or not, but the fries arrive on the soggy side, and don’t have the same crisp, straight out of the fryer taste I hoped for. And, a few extra dashes of salt would have gone a long way; mine are on the bland side.
But, they don’t call it H&F Fries…I was there for the burger and in that regard, I think the addition of H&F to Turner Field was a great one.
What do you guys think? Have you tried the burger at a game?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog